Railway Board Chairman Suneet Sharma on Friday (April 09) in a press briefing announced that passengers don’t need a negative COVID-19 certificate to travel by trains.
However, railways have asked all the passengers to follow the recent COVID-19 guidelines and protocols issued by state governments after cases started rising again.
Sharma at the press briefing also said that Railways has no plans to stop or curtail train services in the country. He assured that trains will be available for people who want to travel.
“There is no plan to curtail or stop train services. We will run as many services as required. There is no cause for alarm. We can run trains immediately on demand if there is any rush. This rush is normal during the summer season and we have already announced trains to clear the rush,” he said.
Due to the rise in coronavirus cases, many states have imposed strict restrictions like night curfews, complete lockdown on weekends, and inter-state travel restrictions. As a result, railway bookings have seen an increase.
Sharma also said that Central, Western Railways is running 118 additional trains during April-May to clear the rush on Gorakhpur, Patna, Darbhanga, Varanasi, Guwahati, Barauni, Prayagraj, Bokaro, Ranchi, Lucknow routes.